Parental Relocation Reversed in McNairy Co. for Failure to Prove Lack of Reasonable Purpose: Redmon v. Redmon

Facts: Mother and Father were married and had one child. They divorced in 2011. Mother was designated the primary residential parent and awarded 254 days of parenting time. Father received 111 days. At the time of divorce, Mother worked at a hospital making $44,000 per year. She also attended a nurse practitioner program. In anticipation […]

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Tennessee Supreme Court Clarifies Standard of Review in Termination of Parental Rights Cases: In re Taylor B.W., et al.

Facts: The parties divorced in March 2002. In November 2002, Mother purported to give Father a flu vaccination but instead injected him with a chemical used to euthanize animals. In May 2003, Mother pleaded guilty to the attempted second degree murder of Father and received a sentence of twelve years to be served at thirty percent […]

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Methamphetamine Use During Pregnancy Results In Termination of Parental Rights in Tennessee: In re Roni M.H.

Facts: Shortly after Child’s birth, the Department of Children’s Services (“DCS”) removed Child from Mother based upon Mother’s alleged drug use. The following month, Mother — who was on probation for theft — failed a drug test for methamphetamine, had her probation revoked, and was ordered to serve the remainder of her incarceration. A year later, DCS […]

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Modification of Grandparent Visitation in Tennessee: Lovlace v. Copley

Facts: In their divorce, Mother was designated the primary residential parent of Child and Father was awarded supervised visitation. Eventually, Mother married Stepfather. The paternal grandparents petitioned for grandparent visitation, which ultimately led to an agreed order providing for grandparent visitation. Several years later, Father consented to Stepfather’s adoption of Child. The order of adoption […]

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Termination of Parental Rights for Failure to Pay Child Support in Tennessee: In re Dylan H.

Facts: After the Department of Children’s Services proved that Children were dependent and neglected in the care of Mother and Father, the trial court granted temporary custody of Children to the maternal grandparents. Both parents were ordered to pay child support. The grandparents eventually filed a petition to terminate the parental rights of Mother and […]

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Calculating Variable Income for Child Support in Tennessee: In re Brittany M.A.

Facts: Mother and Father are parents of Child. After custody of Child was changed from Mother to Father, the Court had to determine each parent’s income in order to calculate the child support obligation. Mother testified that she works as an exotic dancer. Prior to the change of custody, Mother worked every weekend. After the […]

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2011 Tennessee Legislative Update Part II

More on new family law legislation from the Tennessee Legislature in 2011: Orders of Protection. A new law specifies that an ex parte order of protection issued to protect the petitioner from domestic abuse, stalking, or domestic assault may require the respondent to immediately vacate the residence shared with the petitioner, pending a hearing on the matter. 2011 PC 253, effective 5/23/11. […]

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Termination of Parental Rights: In re Jaleia M.R.

Facts: Child was born to Mother. When Child was three months old, Mother asked married Third Parties to help care for Child, which they did 1-2 days a week, gradually increasing to three days and two nights each week. When Mother was facing the possibility of incarceration resulting from a probation violation, Mother asked Third […]

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A Primer on Contempt in Tennessee

Contempt is the willful failure to obey a court order when one has the ability to do so.  There are two types of contempt that can occur in any case: civil contempt and criminal contempt.  Many attorneys (and some judges) fail to differentiate between the two, which can lead to problems.  This is exactly what […]

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